the nitty-gritty

the nitty-gritty
UK [ˌnɪtɪ ˈɡrɪtɪ] / US noun informal
the most basic aspects of a situation or an activity that must be dealt with, even if they are unpleasant
the nitty-gritty of:

the daily nitty-gritty of running a company

get down to the nitty-gritty:

OK, let's get down to the nitty-gritty – what do I need to do to get rid of him?


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